The Australian technology market is changing at an exponential rate. We’ve seen a huge rise in the adoption of emerging technologies and expansion of the startup space, with more incubators, increased access to funding and more community support than ever before.
For many startups, Ruby is a language of choice and as they scale, the decision to stick with, or move away from Ruby becomes an important one.
In this research we invited over 400 Ruby on Rails engineers to share insights into the market.
What you’ll learn from this article
- How the technology market is changing for Ruby on Rails engineers
- Top 4 languages Ruby on Rails engineers are learning to protect/enhance their employability
- Engineer’s predictions on Ruby on Rails standing the test of time.
Let’s get to it.
1. Only 1 in 3 of the engineers surveyed believe Ruby on Rails is increasing in popularity
Shocked? Don’t fear, 41% of engineers surveyed believe the commercial use of Ruby on Rails will remain steady for the future. Leaving 26% who think the use of Ruby on Rails is set to decrease over the coming years.
What’s happening in the market?
We’re seeing established, post-funded tech companies like Envato and Culture Amp doubling-down their investment into Ruby with aggressive hiring strategies. With some Ruby on Rails houses set to recruit over 40 RoR Engineers this financial year.
2. 2 in 3 Engineers believe Ruby will remain their primary skill in 3 years time.
Which is great news, but does this indicate a 1 in 3 drop off and should the Ruby on Rails community be concerned about this? If there is indeed a continued decrease in new startups investing in Ruby on Rails and signs of more established high-growth businesses opting to move to other languages, could this be the beginning of Ruby’s decline?
What we are seeing is an increase in tech businesses diversifying their tech stack. GitHub is a recent example of this as they’ve made a move to Go and Java. This is not to say that everyone will move away from Ruby on Rails, natural attrition is part of any cycle and we’ll learn later in the article what other languages Ruby on Rails engineers are learning to stay relevant.